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Wage protection program draws near
Saudi Arabia implements new protection system for large private companies.
July 25, 2013 2:12 by kippreport
The deadline for all companies with 3,000 or more employees to abide by Saudi Arabia’s new, and mandatory, wage protection program is October 1.
According to a senior official at the Labour Ministry, both Saudi and foreign private schools must follow the new law, regardless of the number of hired employees, as Arab News reports.
The companies and schools must submit complete details of wages paid through banks to the ministry via its website (emol.gov.sa), said deputy labor minister, Abdullah Abuthnain, adding that the ministry will compare the wage payment list with the data they already have.
The main objective of the program is to ensure that both Saudi and non-Saudi employees in the private sector get paid fairly and on time. “The move aims to streamline the Kingdom’s labour market, removing discrepancies and creating a secure and stable atmosphere for workers,” says Abuthnain.
According to various reports, the ministry plans to apply the system in phases, starting with large companies – and moving on to all private companies and workers in the labour market. Plans to send out field inspectors to make tours of companies and ensure that they all abide by the regulation have also been put in place.
According to Arabian Gazette, labour minister, Adel Fakieh, recently advised all employees in the kingdom to open a bank account (if they didn’t have one already) and visit the ministry’s website to check the accuracy of their salary information recorded in the system.